Margin notes: Psalm 40 – a “DOING” God


Ps 40:1–4 I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. 2  He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. 3  He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD. 4  Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie!

As I read this today, I could not help but be reminded about how David notes all the things God did in these short verses. And then I recalled a quote from Rober Murray Mc’Cheyne on this same passage. His words are far more eloquent than mine:

R.M. McCheyne: The difficulty of conversion.—So difficult and superhuman is the work of turning a soul from sin and Satan unto God, that God only can do it; and, accordingly, in our text, every part of the process is attributed solely to him. “1He brought me up out of an horrible pit, 2he took me from the miry clay, 3he set my feet upon a rock, 4he established my goings, and 5he put a new song in my mouth.” God, and God alone, then, is the author of conversion. He who created man at first, alone can create him anew in Christ Jesus unto good works. And the reason of this we shall see clearly by going over the parts of the work here described. The first deliverance is imaged forth to us in the words: “He brought me up out of an horrible pit;” and the counterpart or corresponding blessing to that is, “He set my feet upon a rock.”

RAF: So if He can save us – what can’t or won’t He do for those He loves? O the wonder of being Christ’s!

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